What is it about the term “au pair” that triggers salacious comments from people who should know better? What do you do when someone says something rude about au pairs as a concept?
This question popped up a few weeks ago for HostMomToBe:
… There is this one very annoying situation that I really could use some help with. So here it goes, I am going to ask a question that seems to be the first time asked on this wonderful blog:
How can I handle the lurid comments (eg., Is she hot?, Better watch out for your husband!) made by immature men and women (brothers, neighbors, anyone really) when I tell them we’re getting an au pair?!!
This really creeps me out and angers me! Please help, I can’t be the only one!
HM2B, you’re NOT the only one.
Try telling people you have a “Swedish Au Pair”, who is tall and blonde and pretty like ours! Believe me, this happens to other host parents too. I’ve had this photo saved for almost a year, waiting for this post. The filename for this photo? “What men think au pairs look like.” If only that were completely funny, and not also kindof icky.
So moms, how do you handle this one?
And host dads, presumably you get this question too… but maybe with a few more ‘wink wink, nudge nudge, elbow elbow’s. …
What do you say?